Ukraine: Can We Be in the EU and Discriminate against LGBT People Please?

On Thursday Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeriya Lutkowska, announced that she and a number of parliamentarians will travel to Brussels to try and persuade the EU to release the country from its responsibility to legislate against discrimination. In June 2013, the Ukrainian government made a commitment to the EU that it would develop […]

Cashman: Putin's Hate Speech Caused Murders

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”. Several violent homophobic killings have taken place in Russia since the start of 2013 – the […]

UK Still Best Place in Europe to Be LGBT

The ILGA European LGBT Equality map for 2013 has just been released and the UK is still the best place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, scoring a whopping 77% on the scale in terms of human rights and equality. Taking account of equalities legislation, familial rights, hate crime legislation, legal gender recognition, freedom of […]

ILGA Calls for More Anti-Homophobia/Transphobia Legislation in Europe

Homophobia and transphobia exist in every state in Europe and the EU is not doing enough to combat it. That’s the bleak observation of the International Lesbian and Gay Association’s (ILGA) Evelyn Paradis in a clip from Euronews. The upsurge in prejudice based violence in France following the passing of the same sex marriage Bill […]